Gabriel García Márquez’s Archive Freely Available Online By Jennifer Schuessler ~ NYT

Gabriel García Márquez with Fidel Castro in a photograph that will be available online as part of his archive. Credit Harry Ransom Center

When Gabriel García Márquez’s archive was sold to the University of Texas two years ago, some decried the fact that the literary remains of Latin America’s foremost novelist — and a fierce critic of American imperialism — had come to rest in the United States.

But now, the university’s Harry Ransom Center has digitized and made freely available about half of the collection, making some 27,000 page scans and other images visible to anyone in the world with an internet connection.

The online archive, which is cataloged both in English and in Spanish, includes drafts and other material relating to all of García Márquez’s major books, including “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” which turned the Colombia-born writer into a global figure. There are also previously unseen photographs, notebooks, scrapbooks, screenplays and personal ephemera, like a collection of his passports.

Many archives are digitizing their holdings. But to make so much material from a writer whose work is still under copyright freely available online is unusual.

“Often estates take a restrictive view of their intellectual property, believing scholarly use threatens or diminishes commercial interests,” Steve Enniss, the director of the Ransom Center, said. “We are grateful to Gabo’s family for unlocking his archive and recognizing this work as another form of service to his readers everywhere.”

Seeing some items in the archive, which the Ransom Center bought for $2.2 million, will still require a trip to Texas. The digital collection does not include any of the 10 drafts of García Márquez’s final, unfinished novel,“We’ll See Each Other in August.” (One chapter of the novel was published in the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia in 2014, shortly after García Márquez’s death at age 87; the estate said via email that it has no further plans for publication.)

A draft page from García Márquez’s novel “Chronicle of a Death Foretold” showing highlights and revisions.CreditHarry Ransom Center

But online readers can access a 32-page draft section of the projected second volume of García Márquez’s memoirs, which would have covered the years after he moved to Europe and then Mexico City, where he wrote “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and lived until his death. They can also use a special viewer to make side-by-side comparisons of different drafts of various works as they evolved.

Alvaro Santana-Acuña, a sociologist at Whitman College who is working on a book about the history of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” said the archive was already helping to explode some of the legends surrounding the novel, many of which were carefully crafted by García Márquez himself.

The novelist, who won the Nobel Prize in 1982, had often spoken of the book as pouring out in a kind of magical trance. “I did not get up for 18 months,” he later said.

But in fact, Mr. Santana-Acuña said, correspondence in the archive shows that he regularly sent out sections for reactions from friends and literary critics. He also published about a third of the chapters in newspapers around the world before the book’s publication, and sometimes made adjustments according to audience reaction, much as 19th-century writers like Charles Dickens would.

“He published the most important chapters, to make sure he knew what different audiences — ordinary readers, literary critics, the intelligentsia — thought,” Mr. Santana-Acuña said.

García Márquez, like many writers, claimed not to bother much with reviews, especially negative ones. But the archive includes a number of scrapbooks which carefully compile — and sometimes privately respond to — reviews of his work in many different languages.

Mr. Santana-Acuña said he was particularly amused by a notation on a second review of “One Hundred Years of Solitude” that appeared in the conservative Colombia newspaper El Tiempo, which had initially dismissed the novel as badly written left-wing propaganda.

“Al menos por larga y entusiasta!” García Márquez (who in the 1950s had written for a rival Colombian newspaper) wrote of the second effort — “At least it’s long and enthusiastic!”

Peter Shelton reading from his new book @ Cimarron Books, Friday evening (5:30) December 8th …

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A collection of short essays, memories, and reflections on the magic and addictive pleasures of sliding down snow-covered mountains on skis. Intensely lived and intensely told tales of a life on skis, by on of America’s most accomplished and literary ski writers, Peter Shelton. . . . . “A skier’s progress from boyhood to old-man-of-the-mountain.” . . . . “In a career spanning five decades, [Shelton] has acquired a following among readers who take sensuous pleasure in the way his sentences work.” . . . . “These essays explain to us our own gob-smacked passion for the sport, and bring vividly alive what it was to live for skiing in the last third of the 20th century.” —Seth Masia in

TAB25 CUFFS: A Telluride Aids Benefit Fundraiser – by Kiitella


TAB25: Limited edition leather and stainless steel cuff created by Kiitella in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Telluride AIDS Benefit. Each purchase supports the work of AIDS Service Organizations in Colorado and Africa. The cuffs were launched on World Aids Day at the TAB Dance Party, and will be available again at the 25th Anniversary TAB Fashion Show in March (get your tickets!). Meanwhile, you can also find them in Telluride at the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art.

Upcoming Event ~ Waking The Sleeping Giant ~ Sunday, Dec. 10th




The PWC presents the FREE Telluride premiere of
Waking the Sleeping Giant:
The Making of a Political Revolution

Sunday, December 10th at 2:00 pm | Nugget Theater

Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.  Filmmaker, Jacob Smith will be here to introduce the film and for a Q&A immediately following the film. Additionally, there will be a post-screening gathering at Oak to discuss how we can take action in our own communities.

The movie tells the story of the 2016 presidential race and the fight for civil rights, economic fairness, and a democracy that works for everyone… This film will help fuel and shape the post-election progressive movement so that this moment lives up to its potential and promise.

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Kiitella medals: Audi FIS Ski Birds of Prey World Cup @ Beaver Creek


Kiitella’s Birds of Prey medals… classic, minimal, sleek and hefty in gold, silver and bronze (brass, stainless steel and bronze)… This past weekend the Men’s Alpine World Cup racers competed again at Beaver Creek for the only US stop on the World Cup tour. On the very top of the podium: Marcel Hirscher of Austria — Giant Slalom,  Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway — Downhill, and Vincent Kriechmayr of Austria — Super G.


COSMIC Series Medals – Indian Peaks Rally @ Eldora by Kiitella


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The COSMIC Series kicked off at Eldora this past weekend with a bang. Congrats to winners of the Sprint, Vertical and Individual races. Kiitella’s COSMIC award is layered with symbolism, all contained in a minimal and sleek steel medallion. The cutout shape in the center: pozidriv (driv.. not drive), topo map background, compass dial – it spins, and 6mm accessory cord. Non-functional, yet totally inspired medals for the burly racers.


Tracks in the Snow: Stories from a Life on Skis Tuesday, December 05, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ~ Wilkinson Library, Telluride, Co


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Former Telluride and Ridgway resident Peter Shelton is back in the area with his new collection of short essays, memories, and reflections on the magic and addictive pleasures of sliding down snow-covered mountains on skis. Intensely lived and intensely told tales of a life on skis, by on of America’s most accomplished and literary ski writers.

“A skier’s progress from boyhood to old-man-of-the-mountain.” . . . . “In a career spanning five decades, [Shelton] has acquired a following among readers who take sensuous pleasure in the way his sentences work.” . . . . “These essays explain to us our own gob-smacked passion for the sport, and bring vividly alive what it was to live for skiing in the last third of the 20th century.” -Seth Masia in
Peter Shelton was born and raised in California, and attended the University of California, Berkeley, before skiing drew him to Colorado. He and his wife, Ellen, met teaching skiing at Keystone in the early 1970s. Ski school brought them eventually to Telluride, in 1976, where Peter was briefly (you’ve heard of the Peter Principle) director of the ski school there.
A career in freelance writing followed, with assignments to mountain ranges across the U.S., the Alps, Norway, Alaska, Canada, the Himalayas, and the Andes. Along the way he won the North American Snow Sports Journalists Ski Writer of the Year Award four times.
Tracks in the Snow is his seventh book. He was a contributor (when freelancing for print magazines was a viable pursuit) to: LIFE, People, Outside, Men’s Journal, Ski, Skiing, Powder, High Country News, Mountain Gazette, and Universal Press Syndicate, among others. Beginning with a two-year apprenticeship at The Telluride Times in the late 1970s, he contributed a stream of weekly columns to just about every Telluride-area newspaper up to and including The Watch.
He and Ellen live in Bend, Oregon, where they chase two of their grandchildren across the snows of Mt. Bachelor.

Lisa Issenberg in Vail Daily… “The Story Behind the Birds of Prey Medals” by Ross Leonhart

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You won’t find participation trophies at the Birds of Prey World Cup races at Beaver Creek. For the three fastest men in three disciplines, a custom, hand-made medal awaits at the podium — made by Lisa Issenberg [business name: Kiitella], of Ridgway, Colorado.

“The Birds of Prey I see as a high-level, sophisticated and traditional event — gold, silver and bronze represented with a classic, clean medal,” said Issenberg, who’s been commissioned by the Vail Valley Foundation to make the medals for the Birds of Prey races for a few years now. “Whereas some of the other ones — like some of the snowboard and free skiing medals — I make a little edgier. It just depends.”


Montreal tribute concert for Leonard Cohen


A mural of Leonard Cohen in the Montreal neighborhood that was his home. CreditAndrea Kannapell/The New York Times


Andrea Kannapell, an editor at The Times, made the pilgrimage from New York to Montreal for the tribute concert for one the city’s best known native sons, the musician and poet Leonard Cohen, who died a year ago this month. Here’s her report.

I confess that I went as a neophyte on Cohen, so this was a real voyage of discovery.

A colleague who is a much deeper scholar of his work told me about the tribute concert and connected me to the Leonard Cohen Forum, which offers aficionados the latest about events related to the singer. On a whim, I bought tickets to the concert at the Bell Center and also booked a spot on a tour the day before that was organized by a forum member.

On Sunday morning, more than 100 of us piled into two tour buses by one of the big hotels. People seemed to be from all over — the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, even Andorra and Cyprus.

The atmosphere was of a happy reunion — many of the pilgrims had been attending Cohen events for years, including an every-other-year visit to Hydra, the Greek island Cohen happened onto as a young man. There, he bought a house, wrote, and had one of his most iconic affairs (that’s the story behind “So Long, Marianne”).

Befitting his songs’ use of sacred terminology and often transcendent tone, our tour was bookended by houses of faith. One early stop was the synagogue of Cohen’s youth, Shaar Hashomayim, and our last was at the Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel in Old Montreal (which plays into “Suzanne”).

At the temple, the very personable cantor, Gideon Zelermyer, gave an entrancing history of Cohen’s relationship with the synagogue and the evolution of the synagogue choir’s backing on “You Want It Darker.”

In the evening, at the 300-year-old chapel, the lights were warm and the altar painting of Mary was resplendent as two performers, Li’l Andy on guitar and Sylvie Simmons (Cohen’s biographer) on ukulele, sang a suite of his songs, elegies of loves indulged and lost, and his somehow uplifting regret.

As a fellow tour-taker, Ute Egle from central Germany, told me later, “If church would be like this, I would go more often.”Here’s a review and a few clips from the tribute concert, which will be televised by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in January, featuring Sting, k.d. lang, Adam Cohen and Lana Del Rey. The Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal is presenting a special exhibition of Mr. Cohen’s work and the art he has inspired, including projections of lyrics from his songs on a grain elevator that dominates Montreal’s port, as well as a concert series of full performances of five of his albums.